David Allyn Dokich - Serial Child Rapist / High Risk Sex Offender

Friday, March 03, 2006

Ex-pastor gets 15 to life for molesting two girls

Victim's brother found images on defendant's camera phone

By VIRGINIA HENNESSEY
Herald Staff Writer

Were it not for the suspicions of a protective brother, former pastor Donald Domelle might still be molesting a teenage girl, rather than making his way to prison.

Domelle, former pastor of the Baptist Temple of Salinas, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison on Thursday for molesting two girls, one of whom left the area to escape him.

Domelle, 65, was arrested after the brother of the second victim, a developmentally delayed teenager, followed the pastor and his sister and observed Domelle taking photographs of her. The boy later checked Domelle's camera phone and found what prosecutor Gary Thelander described as pornographic digital images of his sister.

Like many in the congregation, the boy's mother was at first reluctant to believe the news, and Domelle at first denied knowledge of the photos. He later admitted that he had carried on a sexual relationship with the girl when she was 14 and 15 years old, in her home, his van and in the church.

He admitted a sexual relationship with another teenage girl in the congregation, whom he started molesting when she was 6.

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